[mythtv-users] Why does mythtv responds to lirc when in the background?

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue Nov 24 17:57:20 UTC 2009

On 11/24/2009 09:41 AM, Tom Dexter wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 9:13 PM, Paul Bender <pebender at san.rr.com> wrote:
>> David Smiley wrote:
>>> Hello everyone.  I have the latest 9.10 based mythbuntu based setup with
>>> an lirc configuration copied from my previous setup which was based on the
>>> http://wilsonet.com/mythtv/  (FC6)
>>> There are a couple problems I have with my setup:
>>> 1. mythfrontend doesn't respond to my remote control for the first two
>>> minutes or so from having launched it.  The keyboard works.  This isn't a
>>> big deal but is odd; it wasn't like this on my former setup.  When I look in
>>>  mythfrontend.log I see that mythtv successfully initializes LIRC right away
>>> on startup.
>>> 2. I have recently been having fun with Boxee to get content that I don't
>>> get on cable.  However if mythfrontend is still running (in the background
>>> of course), it responds to all of my remote control presses.  How shall I go
>>> about troubleshooting/fixing this problem?
>> LIRC input is not inherently focus aware. Whether or not an application
>> responds to LIRC input sent (based on lircrc's porg) to the application
>> depends on the application.
>> I use Hulu Desktop. I launch it using the EXEC action from a Myth menu item.
>> I launch it using EXEC as Myth ignores LIRC input while something launched
>> using EXEC is running.
> What prevents MythTV from reacting to the remote when I play something
> via (for example) xine from mythvideo?  Does myth intentionally stop
> using the lirc socket while running an external program?  The question
> never occurred to me until reading this thread.
> Just curious.

Myth intentionally ignores all LIRC events until the process completes. 
This is why you must start external process appropriately (i.e. using


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